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Lab Lessons—Wise Words From the Bench With George Deckner
By: Katie Anderson (Schaefer), Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
Posted: January 5, 2012, from the January 2012 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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C&T: What do you see on the horizon for personal care?
At the recent SCC Annual Meeting, Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) technology was presented. The potential there to use the same monomers and get different functionality is huge. If I can use the same monomers to create different architectures with different functionality, this is a big deal; it’s one way of getting different products without having safety or regulatory issues.
C&T: Speaking of regulation, how do you overcome regulatory issues?
To me, regulatory issues are an opportunity. I figure out how to use then to gain a competitive advantage. [However, to do so,] you better become an expert in them.
C&T: What comprises an innovative formulator?
If you are not passionate about this business, go somewhere else. As a formulator, your source of competitive advantage is your passion. There are a lot of people that are smarter than me but no one as passionate. Attend online courses, read magazines, go to technical meetings and attend conferences form other industries—that is how you get ahead.